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Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?


By Kevin Hughes

Published: 04/23/2024, edited: 05/11/2024

Reviewed by a licensed veterinary professional: Dr. Linda Simon, MVB MRCVS

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On a warm day — or any kind of day, really — there’s little more satisfying than eating juicy and fresh chunks of pineapple. This delicious fruit is tangy and tasty, and enjoyed eaten on its own in strips, or sliced up and served in a bowl as part of a fruit salad, or topped with yogurt.

As with most fruits, pineapple is stacked full of good stuff too, rich in Vitamin C, potassium, iron, manganese, magnesium and other important nutrients. It’s no wonder that so many of us enjoy eating pineapple — but can we share it with our dogs?

In this guide, we’ll answer the question, ‘can dogs have pineapple?’ Let’s get started.

pineapple chunks in bowl

Can dogs eat pineapple?

The short answer is that yes — dogs can eat pineapple. But, before you start piling your pup’s bowl high with pineapple, there are some really important points to consider. Not all pineapple is good for dogs, and it’s not a fruit that should be given to your dog often, or in large quantities.

If you’re going to give your dog pineapple, then you should use fresh, raw pineapple. Now, it’s important to prepare this properly. Slice off the tough outer skin; this is virtually inedible and you won’t want your dog even trying to eat it — it’s almost impossible to swallow and digest and will be a potential choking hazard. It’s a bit spiky, too.

Remove the inner core, as well. This is really hard and, again, could easily get lodged in your dog’s throat if they tried to eat it.

What you’ll be left with then is the main part of the pineapple, soft and juicy. Humans may choose to slice this fruit into long strips to hold and snack on, but this isn’t suitable for a dog. Instead, cut the pineapple into small cubes, which make it easier to eat and swallow. Make sure the cubes are small; too big and a dog may struggle to eat them — remember, dogs don’t often chew their food thoroughly!

Pineapple is available in a few different forms — so, can dogs have pineapple however it comes? Is all pineapple safe for dogs? Actually, no. Many other types of pineapple aren’t suitable for canine digestive systems.

Can dogs eat canned pineapple?

No, dogs can’t have pineapple that comes in a can. This is because canned pineapple has a sugary syrup, so the high sugar content can upset a dog’s stomach.

Can dogs have pineapple juice?

Dogs can’t drink pineapple juice. Again, it’s high in sugar which can affect a dog’s digestive system. Pineapple juice can be quite acidic, too, which can irritate your pup’s stomach.

Can dogs eat dried pineapple?

We wouldn’t advise feeding your dog store-bought dried pineapple. Although dried pineapple — which can be bought in packets — may seem a convenient way of feeding your dog the fruit, some versions can have additional sugar and other preservatives. Dried pineapple has a higher concentration of sugar than fresh pineapple.

pineapple juice next to two pineapples

Is pineapple good for dogs?

As a general rule, eating fruit has health benefits for people and pineapple is no different. But, is pineapple good for dogs, too? In truth, it’s a bit of a mixed bag of results.

It’s true that the many vitamins and antioxidants in pineapple can be beneficial to your dog’s overall health. Not only that, because it has a high water content, it’s a great way of keeping your dog hydrated, especially in hotter temperatures. Sometimes, a dog won’t drink enough water, risking dehydration, so providing some of that much-needed fluid via pineapple can really help (watermelon is another fruit known for containing a lot of water).

Pineapple is also high in fiber — which can be good and bad, depending on how much of the fruit your dog consumes. The right amount of fiber can contribute to a healthy digestive system; a lack of fiber is a cause of constipation in dogs. However, if you give your dog too much pineapple, the increase in fiber is likely to lead to diarrhea

A key concern for pet parents when feeding any type of food to their pup for the first time is their dog will react to that food. So, is pineapple toxic to dogs? Thankfully, no. Pineapple doesn’t contain any ingredients that are toxic to dogs, so in that regard it can be considered safe to feed.

But remember — the golden rule with introducing a new food to your dog is always to give very small portions, and only as an occasional treat or snack. Then, it’s important to keep an eye on your dog afterwards; pineapple might be safe for a pet to eat, but it won’t agree with every dog. If your dog appears uncomfortable or unwell after eating pineapple, don’t feed your four-legged friend any again. You can always consult your vet for further advice.

What other fruits can you feed your dog? Read our guides to ‘can dogs eat apples?’, ‘can dogs eat strawberries?’ and ‘can dogs eat blueberries?’. You’ll find lots of other useful advice in the Wag! Wellness pages.

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